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May 2015
 MYC After School Program


We would like to welcome you to the month of May for this school year's Milford Youth Center After School Program at the new location at 27 Congress St.  


The Milford Youth Center after school program is open for youth ages 8-18, free of charge, from 2-6 pm Monday through Friday (unless otherwise noted on our calendar).  Some of the programs this month include the JAG Youth Council, Milford TV training, Homework Help, Hula Hoop Dancing, Arts & Crafts, Basketball Challenge, and Movie Day Fridays!  The game room is open daily and activities will be open/held outside depending on the weather. Click  here  for our full May Calendar!  All participants must fill out a  registration form   to be a member. 

olunteers are always welcome to assist with the after school program or during the morning hours! We are always looking for help during the after school hours, 2-6 PM. You may also run a program/activity during the after school program. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer and print, sign, and return this form to the Center! We would like to thank After School volunteers: Peggy Berube, John Delude, James Chakalos and Ashley Green. 
MYC and Youth Awarded at the United Way of Tri-County's 2015 Recognition Event

On Thursday April 9th, the United Way of Tri-County recognized one of our amazing youth members, Victoria Williams, as their "Youth Volunteer of the Year" award at their annual Recognition Breakfast! The Milford Youth Center was also recognized with a Community Impact Award!


 This annual Recognition Event Breakfast was held at the Sheraton Framingham and honors several volunteers, partners, programs, and supporters, as well as providing a breakfast and Keynote Speaker, Liz Murray, author of the book "Breaking Night." We would like to thank the United Way of Tri-County for this honor and for their continued confidence and support!


For more about event, click here. For more photos, click here. For the video of Victoria explaining her "story of change", click here

Milford School Committee Recognizes
"Youth Volunteer of the Year"

We would like to thank the Milford School Committee for recognizing our JAG/MYC youth members, Victoria Williams, at their meeting, held on April 30, 2015. Victoria was awarded this years United Way of Tri-County's Youth Volunteer of the Year award! 


For a video of Victoria being recognized, click here (and move to section 15:15). 

 Leave a lasting mark in front of the Renovated Youth Center!


Would you like to take part in an opportunity to leave a lasting mark in front of the newly renovated Milford Youth Center, anticipated to be completed in September of 2015!?


We only have 48 bricks available to be sponsored, which will be located on the walkway as you enter the building. If you are interested in purchasing a brick, we are selling them for $125.00 each. Each brick measures, 4" x 8", with three lines and 18 characters per line allowed to be engraved! Click here for form - they are going fast and they are first come, first serve! 


We would like to recognize those who already sponsored one of the twelve pavers, which will be located on the patio as you enter the building (these are 12" x 12"): the DiAntonio Family, the Seaver Family, the Morin Family, the Milford Youth Commission, Waters Corporation, Imperial Cars, Milford National Bank, Oliva's Market, Milford Rotary Club, Milford Regional Medical Center, Teacher's Driving Academy and the United Way of Tri-County! Thank you Ed Thompson and WMRC for helping us promote this fundraiser! 

 MYC Summer Camp Info Now Available! 


Milford Youth Center Summer Camp registrations are now available! Due to the renovation of the Armory, the camp will be held at the temporary location, at 27 Congress St. We will be only providing a camp for the month of July and with a limited number of spots! Activities include weekly field trips and fun in-town activities! Some trips include Canobie Lake Park, Water Wizz, Pinz Entertainment, and SkyZone! In-town activities include Fino Pool, the Town Park, and activities at the Center!


Camp will start Monday, July 6th. Camp will run from 8 am-4 pm for $135 per week. There is an extended day option from 4-5 pm for an extra $10 per day. There is a $50 deposit to secure the week you would like and all final payments are due the Monday of the camp week attending. Applications need to be returned to Youth Center as soon as possible in order to reserve a spot! For registration form, click here. For weekly schedule here.


If there are any local businesses or organizations that would like to sponsor a camper this summer please contact the Center! Every year we receive donations that help make camp available for local youth in need.  It is possible to sponsor an individual camper or a family!


Click  here for 2015 Summer Camp Counselor applications. Please return to the Center by June 1, 2015. Must be 16+ to apply! 

 MYC thanks Community for Donations! 


The Milford Youth Center would like to thank Osualdo Santiago for donating three Commercial Putting trainers! These will be utilized at our After School program, youth events, and summer camp program! Due to the support of local organizations and individuals, the Youth Center is able to continue to provide for our community and its youth members! Finally, we would like to thank Milford TV, who has been donating their time every Wednesday to train our After School members in how to use the cameras, lighting and editing equipment! 

Teachers Driving Academy
 2015 Classes!

We are accepting registrations for Teacher's Driving Academy for the 2015 school year! The Milford Youth Center is pleased to partner with Teachers Driving Academy to offer students a great program, at a reasonable price, with added convenience of taking classes right at school! For more information, click hereEvery registration fee is made out the Milford Youth Center as a donation from the TDA. We are very grateful for this collaboration and support!     

JAG Awarded
The Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award

We are proud to announce that the Juvenile Advocacy Group was awarded The Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award at this year's Ounce of Prevention Conference on Tuesday, April 7th at the DCU Center in Worcester! 

Ounce of Prevention, Working Together for Healthier Communities, is a statewide conference designed to bring together a wide range of stakeholders in support of healthier and more equitable communities in Massachusetts. In recognition of this, The Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award honors a coalition/partnership for their collaborative work to create healthier and more equitable communities. This award honors the spirit of Peter Lee, the late Director of the Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Communities at Health Resources in Action. Peter was a leader in the healthy communities movement in Massachusetts and across the country before his untimely death on December 25, 2012. He personified the principles of Healthy Communities in his professional and personal life and was a longtime participant and organizer of this conference. We are very grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for this honor! 

JAG Meeting 

The adult JAG Coalition will have its next meeting on Wed., May 6th, at 8:45 am, at the Milford Police Station Training room. JAG would also like to congratulate Officer John Tiernan, who received the "School Resource Officer of the Year" from the Massachusetts Juvenile Police Offers Association! 


The Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) provides an opportunity for youth, parents, community agencies, schools, state and local institutions, volunteers and our faith communities to network, coordinate services, identify and respond to emerging needs in the Greater Milford community. Through youth-adult collaboration JAG seeks to engage all sectors in the Greater Milford Area to promote healthy development for youth and families by reducing substance use, lowering risk factors and strengthening protective factors. For more information, contact Amy Leone

MYC/JAG Relay for Life Team!

The JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center will participate in the Relay for Life of Greater Milford for the third year in a row, on Saturday, May 16th! The JAG Youth Council decided that they wanted to participate in Milford's Relay for Life to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the high school. Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. To donate to the MYC & JAG team, click here. To see photos from last year's event, click here.  


We would like to thank everyone who has donated to our team so far! We would also like to thank all the Milford Town Hall departments that participated in Scratch 'N' Give to help support our MYC/JAG Relay For Life team! We also have an exiting fundraiser to help support our team! SportsClips Haircuts of Milford has partnered with the Center, allowing participants to use a coupon for $2 off their haircut! For every coupon used, $2 will also be donated to our MYC/JAG Relay for Life team! If you would like a coupon, stop by the Center or contact us at 508-473-1756! 

New Hope 5K & Family Fun Walk

Milford Youth Center and JAG staff and youth members will be participating in New Hope, Inc.' s 5K & Family Fun Walk! 


Event Information:

The New Hope 5K and Family Fun Walk is a community celebration of healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships and healthy communities.


When: Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Where: Remington/Jefferson School - 628 Washington Street Franklin, MA 02038


7:45 am Registration opens

9:00 am 5K Race Starts

9:00 am Family Health Fair

9:30 am Family Fun Walk Starts

10:30 am Awards




Registration: Click here

Ahimsa Yoga Studio Classes! 

Ahimsa Yoga Studio has its Spring class schedule available! Classes include:


May 2, 9, 16, 23

June 5 & 19


Time: 10:00-11:15 AM


To register, contact


There is a six class pass for $75. Because space is limited, please sign up for only the classes you will attend. Ahimsa Yoga Studio is located at the offices of Community Impact Inc., at 211 Main St. in Milford, Ma. 

Save the Date: Safe School Summit 

The Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. will be presenting a Safe School Summit on May 28, 2015!

Teachers, para-educators, principals, school adjustment counselors, school resource and law enforcement officers, school nurses, superintendents, deans, and community partners are invited to a conference to learn about Opiate Abuse and Gang Violence in Worcester County.


The event will be held at Worcester State University from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm (lunch will be served). The cost of the summit will be $15.00. Invitation and more information will be available soon! 



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May 4, 2015
In This Issue
MYC After School Program Update
United Way of Tri-County 2015 Recognition Event
Thank you Milford School Committee
MYC Brick Fundraiser
MYC Summer Camp
MYC thanks Community for Donations
JAG Awarded The Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award
JAG Meeting
MYC/JAG Relay for Life Team!
New Hope 5K & Family Fun Walk
Ahimsa Yoga Studio Classes
Safe School Summit

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Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) mission is to work with its community partners to bring resources together to prevent substance abuse and address other emerging needs in the community. The Massachusetts communities included in JAG's service area are the towns of Milford, Bellingham and Hopedale. Through JAG's programs and services youth and their families are able to gain the information and resources to help live and lead healthier lives.  For more information, click here.

Milford Youth Center (MYC) mission is to provide a safe environment that promotes self esteem, builds character, and fosters the notion of community and the importance of respecting and serving others. For more information, click here.

The MYC & JAG work together to provide resources and opportunities for youth to make healthy decisions. The MYC & JAG have worked to provide local youth with the necessary activities and events that help them develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally through their childhood years. By providing Milford youth with these types of programs and a safe environment during the after school hours and during our monthly events, we hope to address adolescent risk factors as well as promoting the partnership among community members to ensure a comprehensive vision and plan for the health of the youth in the town of Milford.